Network Coordinator

Zero Waste Europe
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 22

Position description

You are a highly motivated individual with excellent communications skills, who displays leadership qualities while being service oriented towards ZWE members. You are the driving force behind the network of groups and NGOs, with the purpose of making Europe zero waste.

You are an intuitive, passionate, organised person, knowledgeable about strategy development and with experience in network building at the international level. You know how to build a strategy, identify stakeholders and build a trustful relationship with them. You are at your best when acting as the hub of the network, fostering alignment between the organisation, the members and the stakeholders.

You are very good at identifying challenges and opportunities and finding creative solutions quickly.

You excel at personal relations and enjoy teamwork; you are capable of running different tasks simultaneously and like working in an international environment.

About the role

The Network Coordinator will lead our efforts to maintain, grow and engage a network of groups and NGOs, with the purpose of making Europe zero waste. Their core responsibilities will be to:

Overall network development strategy:

  • Set up, maintain and continuously improve structures that allow for organic and healthy growth of ZWE network whilst nurturing existing membership
  • Lead on the development and implementation of the Network Strengthening Plan 2022-2024 in line with ZWE new Strategic Framework
  • Be the driving force behind a member-centric approach at ZWE
  • Proactively contribute to the development of ZWE fundraising strategy targeted to support joint campaigning and members’ work, facilitating the flow of information between members and ZWE team

Membership coordination and development:

  • Develop the network further, ensuring integration and long-lasting relationship building. This work will include:
    • Manage relationships with ZWE members, providing support and maximising potential synergies and opportunities for collaboration
    • Build the capacity of ZWE to work effectively as a network organisation, by creating infrastructure and systems to facilitate members’ engagement and communication and providing guidance to the ZWE team
    • Design and support the creation of collaboration and peer-learning spaces, and lead on implementation of capacity-building opportunities
    • Identify and engage with relevant organisations to be part of ZWE
  • Define, implement and manage the application and onboarding processes of applicant organisations - associate and full members.
  • Lead the organisation of ZWE members governance and strategy events, including our Annual General Meetings and strategy meetings, according to the strategic plans and goals, being responsible for the overall project management and implementation
  • Lead on supporting the development and consolidation of the national alliances within ZWE, from governance and strategy perspective
  • Represent European network building and coordination in the global GAIA network to facilitate cross-regional cooperation; and co-lead on creation of cross-regional collaboration and peer-learning spaces for GAIA members
  • Oversee the membership administration, including financial contributions of members




  • Experience in leading the development, coordination and engagement of a civil society network or relevant equivalent
  • Experience in capacity building and training, leading and organising engaging meetings and events
  • Proven track record of successful project management
  • Excellent communication and persuasion skills, including proven writing skills
  • Experience in working with people from different cultures and nationalities in a way that facilitates conflict prevention and values community wisdom


  • Experience with social/environmental campaigning with NGOs or non-profit sector at the local or international level
  • Experience with facilitation and strategic planning processes with the non-profit sector at international level
  • Experience with project and events management, including budgeting and fundraising, at international level

Knowledge, skills and understanding


  • Excellent command in English (spoken and written), as well as ability to work with non-native English speakers
  • Understanding of functioning of the EU institutions


  • A university degree in social or political science, environmental governance or other relevant field
  • Knowledge on environmental issues, in the field of resource & waste management, climate or environmental justice
  • Training (or proven experience) on facilitation
  • Other languages, apart from English are a plus
  • Solid IT competences with collaborative tools (Google Drive, Slack, Trello)

Personal qualities


  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal abilities
  • Initiative, self-motivation and team player
  • Problem-solving attitude and results-oriented
  • Commitment to accuracy, efficiency and a high standard of work
  • Ability and willingness to use initiative and take decisions under pressure and uncertainty
  • A strong commitment to Zero Waste Europe’s ethos and network structures
  • Willingness to work with flexible schedule, as required

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